Tuesday - Panel on Color Education

One of the Aims and Purposes of the Inter-Society Color Council is:

"To promote educational activities and the interchange of ideas
on the subject of color and appearance
among its members and the public generally."

With so many educators in attendance at the Symposium, we are taking the opportunity to host a panel discussion on color education. The panel will be introduced by Maggie Maggio, Co-Chair of the Munsell Symposium.

Discussion Points

  • What is color education? This is a basic question. What do we actually mean by this term? Should a simple course on some basic principles be considered color education, or is something more complex?
  • What is color theory? Another fundamental question. Can teaching additive and subtractive mixing + the color wheel be considered ‘color theory’?
  • What is STEAM? Can the art and science of color be taught as an integrated subject?
  • What is at the cutting edge of color education? 
  • How can we work together to promote color literacy in the 21st century? 

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Robert Hirschler
Chair: AIC Study Group on Color Education
Budapest, Hungary


Harald Arnkil

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Espoo, Finland


Harald Arnkil is a Finnish artist, colour researcher and educator. After studying art and interior design in the UK, he graduated with a Master’s degree in painting from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 1979. Arnkil currently is a Senior University Lecturer in Colour Studies at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, where he has worked continuously since 1987. Arnkil has published numerous articles and conference papers dealing with colour perception and colours’ role in art, design and architecture. He has written Colours in the Visual World (2013), a textbook on colour for artists, designers and architects. Arnkil is currently working on a doctoral thesis on the subject of Colour in the Artistic Process. His other research interests include the relationship of colour, light and space and the relationship between colour and music.

Emily Barnett

Parson's School of Design, The New School, New York, NY


Emily Barnett is a painter, printmaker and installation artist. Her involvement with color theory was broadened by Dr. Evelyn Stephens who taught Color Science at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Barnett currently teaches Color Theory at Parsons School of Design, The New School. She has also taught color and design courses at Adelphi University and Hofstra University. This year she was awarded First Prize in the Salmagundi National Juried Print Exhibition. Other awards include the Thomas B. Clarke Award from the National Academy of Design, the City of Seattle Print Purchase Award, , the Millay Colony Artist Residence Grant, and the Medal of Honor from the National Association of Women Artist. Her work is in public and private collections, including the City of Seattle, Zimmerli Art Museum, Adelphi University, and the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island Collection at Siena College.

Roy Berns

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY


Roy Berns is the Richard S. Hunter Professor in Color Science, Appearance, and Technology within the Program of Color Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. He directs the Andrew W. Mellon Studio for Scientific Imaging and Archiving of Cultural Heritage. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Textiles from the University of California at Davis and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the International Association of Colour, the Inter-Society Color Council, the Colour Group of Great Britain, and the Society of Imaging Science and Technology. The subject of Berns’ doctoral dissertation was designing a Munsell Book of Color where its appearance was invariant to changes in lighting.  He is the author of Color Science and the Visual Arts: A Guide for Conservators, Curators and the Curious. He is excited to return to the Munsell system. 

Paul Green-Armytage

 Curtin University, Perth, Australia

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Paul Green-Armytage was born and educated in England, graduating as an architect in 1964. After ten years’ experience working as an architect, exhibition designer and set designer for television in England, Canada and Australia, he took up a position, in 1976, as senior lecturer in charge of the first year program in design at what is now Curtin University, in Perth Australia. His interest in color research led to a PhD in 2005; the title of his thesis was “Colour, Language and Design”. He has contributed papers at many national and international conferences, served as a member of the executive committee of the International Colour Association and as president of the Colour Society of Australia. He retired from teaching in 2006 but remains active as a researcher and writer.

Sarah Sands

Golden Paint Company, New Berlin, NY


Sarah Sands received her MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art, where she also worked as a Studio Assistant in the Conservation Department of the Yale University Art Gallery. After Yale she taught at the NY Academy of Art and Indiana University, then left academia to run Williamsburg Handmade Oils in the mid-90's, providing the main technical research and product support for customers. In 2002 Sarah joined Golden Artist Colors where she is currently the Senior Technical Specialist for both GOLDEN Acrylics and Williamsburg Oils.

Lori Sawaya

Land of Color, Camp Chroma


Lori got her start in graphic design, and as color printing became more readily available, she started to become obsessed with the color management aspects of her career. This obsession turned into several years of dedicated training and study, which led Lori to a whole new understanding of color and how we measure it. From there, Lori developed a course that teaches others how color is measured but she takes it a step further and shows interior and architectural color designers how these concepts have practical application in their businesses. 

Lori's business, Camp Chroma, is all about building the foundational tools needed to leverage the power of color data. Other industries rely heavily on the values and measurements surrounding color, so why not Interior and Architectural Color Design?

Luanne Stovall

University of Texas, Austin, TX


Luanne Stovall is an artist working to build a #STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) model where Art and Commerce are creative partners. She has an MFA from Tufts University. Her paintings and color cut-outs are in public and private collections including the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin,Texas; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; El Paso Museum of Art; Moakley Cancer Care Center, Boston. Luanne has given color lectures, workshops, and courses in many locations including the School of Architecture and College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas, Austin; Wellesley College; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Sloan School of Business, MIT; The Contemporary Austin; and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Currently, she is teaching and writing Color, a 21st Century Field Guide as a multidisciplinary #STEAM Color Education Model. Luanne is a lecturer at the UT Austin School of Architecture.